You can argue 'til the cows come home about the rights and wrongs of Phil Heatley's resignation, but at the end of the day it's the perception of meanness that people will remember
So, where do you stand on Phil Heatley? Such are the range of positions being staked out around the country regarding his resignation as minister, you could call this "The Heatley Question".
There's the "he broke the rules, he takes the consequences" line that says he crossed a clear line by falsely signing off on an official document, as argued by John Armstrong in the Herald. Heatley wrote "Wife and Spouse - dinner" and signed it. But it was not dinner, it was wine. Not understanding the rules is no excuse.